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ROSE-BUD (Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity) MAPS (Mentoring and Professional Skills)

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Mentoring Minority Students

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Minorities in Engineering

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23.1051.1 - 23.1051.15



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Carlotta A Berry Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Dr. Carlotta A. Berry is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, her thesis was on the development of an enhanced human-robot interface for a mobile robot. Her master’s degree in control systems is from Wayne State University. She has two bachelor’s degrees; one in mathematics from Spelman College and one in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She worked for several years as a manufacturing controls engineer for Ford Motor Company and Detroit Edison before returning to graduate school to pursue her PhD.
She has been an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 2004. Her research interests include multidisciplinary educational robotics, human-robot interfaces and identifying strategies to increase enrollment and retention of women and minorities in engineering. She is the co-founder of the first multidisciplinary minor in robotics at Rose-Hulman. She is currently the director of the minor. She is also co-PI of the Rose-Hulman building undergraduate diversity (ROSE-BUD) program funded by an NSF S-STEM grant to increase the recruitment, retention and development of underrepresented populations in electrical and computer engineering. She has approximately 20 peer-reviewed publications with two in the Computers in Education Journal. She also recently published a book on Mobile Robotics for Multidisciplinary Study.

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Deborah Walter Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Dr. Deborah Walter is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in circuits, electromagnetics, and medical imaging. Before joining academia in 2006, she was at the Computed Tomography Laboratory at GE’s Global Research Center for 8 years. She worked on several technology development projects in the area of X-ray CT for medical and industrial imaging. She is a named inventor on 9 patents. She has been active in the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in engineering and currently PI for an NSF-STEM grant to improve diversity at Rose-Hulman.

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ROSE-BUD (Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity) MAPS (Mentoring and Professional Skills)This paper will discuss a program developed in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering(ECE) at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to increase the recruitment, retention and developmentof women and minorities. ROSE-BUD was established in 2009; it was funded by an S-STEM grant fromthe National Science Foundation. The goal of the program is to broaden the participation of financiallyneedy and underrepresented populations in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rose-Hulman.This goal is achieved by providing scholarships, improving the infrastructure for advising and mentoring,and offering a professional development program to prepare students for careers in engineering.Although, there is a special emphasis on women and underrepresented minorities, the program is opento students from all demographic backgrounds. The ROSE-BUD program creates a strong sense ofcommunity as well as identity within the ECE department early in the students’ academic career. Thereare several components of this program including networking/social activities, mandatory internships,co-ops or research experiences, technical speakers as well as panels on topics such as study skills andtime management. Lessons learned in the first 3 years of this program as well as the assessment of theprogramming will be discussed. These results will be used to guide the creation of an institution-widediversity program entitled ROSE-BUD MAPS (Rose building undergraduate diversity mentoring andprofessional skills) program. The MAPS program will be an extension of the on-going and successful ROSE-BUD (Rose BuildingUndergraduate Diversity) scholarship, mentoring and professional development program. Theestablishment of the ROSE-BUD MAPS program will facilitate the growth of the ROSE-BUD program intoa university-wide program that will be used to meet the diversity and student development goals of theinstitute as well as provide a model to other institutions with similar goals. A map is a tool used to helpthe user navigate through unknown territories. Although, engineering school prepares students for thetechnical aspects of their future career, it does not typically address the personal and professionaldevelopment needs. ROSE-BUD MAPS is innovative because it attempts to develop the person as wellas the technical professional. This program will contain three components including a mentoring andprofessional skills workshop, mentoring program and professional meeting experience. This programwill not only increase the retention, graduation and placement rates among our students, but alsoenable them to become leaders among their peers and in their professional career. In conclusion, thispaper will present the activities that have been implemented as well as establish the goals for futureactivities to insure the long-term sustainability of the program at the institution.

Berry, C. A., & Walter, D. (2013, June), ROSE-BUD (Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity) MAPS (Mentoring and Professional Skills) Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22436

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